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Chair: Ed Kacic
CEO, Irvine Health Foundation

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Goal: Enhance and accelerate the capacity of the digital platform, IrisOC, to create a local digital hub to distribute healthy aging information, provide connections to senior-focused community resources and people, and acquire pilot users of the platform.

Participating Organizations: 211OC, Alzheimer’s Orange County, Cal State Fullerton – Center for Successful Aging, City of Irvine, City of Mission Viejo, grandPad, IrisOC, Irvine Health Foundation, OC Social Services Agency, SeniorServ

Quarterly Updates

Quarter 1
July – September 2017

  • IrisOC is securing content partners with OCSPA members. They are in discussions with the Council on Aging, Office on Aging, and other community partners.
  • September meeting’s had a guest speaker from grandPad.

Quarter 2
October – December 2017

  • IrisOC held the first of several community advisory and design insight meetings. The first meeting was at the Mission Viejo Community & Senior Center. The senior center is helping to recruit older adults to join the advisory committee. Dr. Debra Rose will be helping to recruit older adults from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State Fullerton and other OCSPA cities have volunteered to recruit older adults for a series of upcoming meetings in early 2018.
  • IrisOC presented to the Orange County Senior Citizens Advisory Council.
  • IrisOC is securing content partners with OCSPA members. They are in discussions with the Office on Aging and other community partners. They are actively working toward specific apps for SeniorServ, the OC Aging Services Collaborative (Annual Wellness Visit Toolkit), and a Wellness Tool developed by Jan Montague of the San Clemente Village.
  • A beta version of IrisOC will launch this Spring.
  • November meeting’s had a guest speaker from CareLinx.

Quarter 3
January – March 2018 

  • IrisOC has been working long hours behind the scenes to release the first beta-version of the platform.
  • On April 18, OCSPA Technology Committee members and guests saw the first IrisOC demo. A few of the earliest features on the platform include events, resources, article content, profiles, and a unique data vault where each user has complete control over how data is shared.
  • IrisOC is working with the Orange County Healthy Aging Initiative (OCHAI) on an interactive app version of the OCHAI Annual Wellness Visit Toolkit. In Q4, IrisOC will be looking for additional community partners to create apps.
  • There were guest presentations by representatives from Flint Rehab and GTX Corp.
  • In Q4, the OCSPA Technology Committee will advise and assist IrisOC in providing high quality content, scheduling community meetings/focus groups, and recruiting new users.

Quarter 4
April – June 2018

  • IrisOC has been setting up community meetings with older adults to get first-hand insights into their needs for information, resources and connections in the community. In Q5, IrisOC will also conduct interviews and/or meetings with individual caregivers.
  • IrisOC is working with the Orange County Healthy Aging Initiative (OCHAI) on an interactive app version of the OCHAI Annual Wellness Visit Toolkit.
  • IrisOC is working with OCSPA priority areas to embed resources into the OCSPA website as a demonstration of distributed information powered by Iris. A few examples of projects for Q5 include an interactive version of “Orange County Referral Guide for Older Roadway Users” and an application for community and ministry-based visitation programs.

Quarter 5
July – September 2018 

  • IrisOC has been preparing to launch an updated beta version of the platform by the end of October 2018.
  • In Q5, IrisOC held community meetings with older adults to get first-hand insights into their needs for information, resources and connections in the community. Community meetings took place at Huntington Beach’s Senior Center in Central Park and SeniorServ’s Senior Center Advisory Council in Anaheim.
  • IrisOC resources are now featured on the Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging’s website at http://www.ocagingplan.org/localresources

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